Hands down, the best bit of planning a wedding for us has been designing our cake. We knew instantly we wanted Choccywoccydoodah to do it and traveled up to London pretty quickly to meet with our bespoke consultant Beth.
Now obviously things have changed a little since then, our woodland themed UK wedding is no more and we’re flying to Iceland instead, which has meant we got to work on three cake designs with two of Choccywoccydoodah’s talented and imaginative team.
I’ve loved every second of it, it’s the only aspect of wedding planning I will miss and I am counting down the days until I get to go to Brighton and see our cakes.
It’s been a bit of an adventure, so I wanted to blog about it before sharing a few snaps of our beautiful cakes after the wedding. Eek, I’m so excited!
We went to the flagship London store to meet with Beth, our original consultant who took our rough ideas and worked with the Choccywoccydohdah designers to design an insanely beautiful cake.
She treated us to the most chocolaty hot chocolate I’ve ever experienced, whilst we chatted about our ideas. The shop is adorned with dramatic displays and works of art made entirely of chocolate.
We tasted the different sponge and truffle combinations on offer -it’s a hard life- and decided on our three: champagne, chocolate and lemon. It was without a doubt the most delicious cake I’ve ever tasted in my life, we ordered more than we needed and I’ve been dreaming this whole year of living off the remaining cake in the weeks after the wedding.
To go with our original woodland wedding theme, our cake featured ivy, wild roses and succulents wrapped around a wooden trunk. Two kissing foxes sat above our initials carved into the trunk and some little hedgehogs, toadstools and lady bugs made an appearance.
It would have been insanely beautiful and we were thrilled with the design Choccywoccydohdah came up with -the above sketch was done by one of the talented designers – but when our wedding changed, our cake needed to change too.
I sent an email explaining that we had had to change the wedding date, that it was taking place in Iceland and that we needed to change the size and design of our cake. Included was a rambling attempt at explaining my vision and reading it back, I was sure Beth would think I had lost my mind.
With Choccywoccydoodah though, everything is possible and Beth seemed to completely get the whole thing. It was a huge relief, especially at a time when it had just happened and to be honest responses like that were rare. Beth passed us over to Henry, the head of bespoke cakes at Brighton who would be helping us with the redesign and small matter of getting the cake to Iceland.
Amazingly, Henry had always wanted to feature on a cake the -top secret for now- thing which I had requested. In addition, he had just come back from an amazing adventure in Iceland, so to say he got our vision is an understatement.
Once again Henry took our rough idea and turned it into something tangible, but his idea truly left me speechless. I’ll never forget receiving the email which detailed the design, this cake is going to epitomise the whole vibe of our wedding and some of the incredible things we’ve experienced together on our journey to this point.
We were left with one slight issue, transporting this intricate work of art 1,751 miles across the Atlantic. Henry had multiple ideas but one thing was for sure, this cake could not go in the hold of the aircraft, not unless I wanted a pile of discoloured crumbs at the end.
We spoke to literally every airline who fly from the UK to Iceland, to shipping companies, to the airports themselves, but to cut a long story short, it wasn’t possible. Just when I was starting to feel really gutted, Henry came up with an amazing plan b, so we could have our cake and eat it too (pun intended).
In addition to our cake -which we downsized slightly anyway to account for us eloping- we will have a second cake, designed to compliment our big cake perfectly but which can be safely stowed away in hand luggage.
The week before our wedding we’ll have our big three tiered cake, which we will unveil to family and friends who can’t come with us, before we go, like a kind of pre-wedding cake. I feel so lucky that we’ve got not only the cake of our dreams but a stunning cake to cut traditionally on the day!
Working with the creative team at Choccywoccydohdah has been fun, inspiring and at times the only thing keeping me sane in a sea of wedding related stress. We decided to go to Brighton and collect the cakes ourselves, which we get to do in just a few weeks.
I’m counting down the days now as I see that as the start of our wedding; From that point forward the adventure has began.